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Dev.D- The Look and the style

Published by: Anurag Kashyap
Published on: Jan 02 2009 @ 8:43 pm 

A lot of questions came forth about how we shot Dev.d. Well, I didn’t know how to go about it either, like i always do, with every film. It’s the film that always decides the shooting style. Style is always a happenstance. It’s never predecided. Locations, where i am shooting always plays a major role, what i am shooting, the subject, it’s soul decides how i have to go about it. The film was set in various places, various moods, cities and areas. The film begins in Punjab, and i wanted to capture punjab. The question i asked myself is what punjab is all about. It is the richest state in India, reason- farming, and land which is so rich. Most of the people in punjab are farmers and family memebers who are in either UK or other parts of the world. I wanted to capture punjab like it is, still, the farming season, the harvest season, the farms, the jaggery units, the sugar mills, and lots of liquid cash. Big cars, hot wheels and people in punjab talking punjabi, music very rooted , punjabi. Paro is parminder, a rustic punjabi girl, who handles family and farms, household and it’s men with the same elan. She can be like a man when it needs to be and delicate like a woman when it needs to be. That is the reason I cast Mahie Gill. Mahie has been an actress in punjabi films for sometime now. I saw her at a party. I was with Imtiaz ali and we saw a girl dancing like there’s no tomorrow and then we spoke to her she was rustic, you knew from the way she talked that she was earthy. I immediately told her i wanted to meet her and told her she is my Paro whenever and if I get to do this film. That was a year before we actually started. There was a lot of resistance initially against her , but today UTV loves her so much that she is doing, Aagey se Right with shreyas and Kaykay and Paan Singh Tomar opposite Irrfan for UTV and my Gulaal.
The entire Punjab chunk in the movie is the way the place is. Still and picturesque. A lot of people who saw the film, their first reaction when the movie begins is, “this can’t be you,this is so yashraj, mustard fields and all, punjabi songs and wedding and all” etc. Then the zone changes. Story moves from Paro a.k.a parminder to chanda. It moves to delhi, south delhi, CP, shanti path Delhi, the public schools, then to canada and punjab during the harvest season and further to Delhi we know little about. The delhi of the nights, of dariyaganj etc. The style , we decided with which we will shoot her story has to be intimate, close and hand held, just follow her around. See her journey, what makes her what she becomes, and why?
Finally we move to Dev’s story. Dev.D a.k.a devender singh dhillon. Son of a rich industrialist from Punjab, the sugar baron and his wandering, his self destruction. This part of the story i wanted to shoot in various places. My choices were the places where people come from all over the world to find themselves. In india they are Goa, Dharamshala, Malana, Auroville in pondicherry , Leh and Pahadganj in Delhi.
Pahadganj normally being the first stop, on a street popularly known as the Israeli street. It looks like either Mongkok or some back street of Hongkong. A neonlit street infested with foreigners mostly israeli’s. You have the street food from all over the world, from shawarmas to momos to tempuras to shushis to whatchmacallit. That is where all the drug peddlers are and all the guys who want to end up with a white woman are found. All the white woman looking for nirvana end up here with some junkie or a peddler or a pimp. This place is like none else. This is where all the rich kids land up to have the white experience. That is where Dev lands up to find himself and he floats. This place has it’s own atmosphere and it is seductive. The shooting style changed with the place.
Dev’s interiors of the room in Delhi and Chanda’s interiors were predesigned. My production designer Sukant Panigrahy(Chak De) and his art director cum actress wife Helen Jones brought in the pink in Chanda’s house. She went and got every property from the mosquito nets to the che guevara ashtrays and mannequins and the various wigs. Similarly the also brought in the graffiti on the wall of Dev’s room. The idea being , a lot of artists and musicians have passed through this room and have left something behind in a way that’s permanent, like art.
Dev’s clothes and the bag and even the underwears were handpicked by Abhay himself. Rest of the looks were designed by Shubhra. For chanda we went on the net, picked a lot of Twiggy photographs and that of Gia Carnegie for reference, because Chanda plays a fantasy girl, she is a different character everyday. Paro we wanted to be as rustic and raw as possible so one could see the transformation when the story needed it. Designing Chunni was special, he stands out. Dubyendu has a beautiful shiny black skin and we wanted to put garishly loud colours on him, primary colours, was the brief given. That is how the look of the characters came together.
It was difficult to shoot on the crowded streets. During the day the approach was very Black Friday, hide the camera and shoot. A nightmare for the sound guys. Rajiv Ravi, my partner in crime, my DOP was game for anything, he loves risky shoots. We went for it. Shooting nights were a nightmare. We couldn’t light up, it attracted crowds in thousands. One day someone floated around a rumuor saying SRK is shooting here, the crowd just refused to go. We couldn’t shoot. We had to take a decision, either go on like that for days and inflate the budget or find a solution or relocate. Relocating was out of the question so Rajiv said lets shoot early mornings for night. And we did just that, Ajay would go individually to every hotel to put on their neons at 4 in the a.m. and we waited for the sky to turn slightly blue and we shot the night scenes. A lot of style came from the twilight players. The way they are, the way they dress up and generally be. We got our wim wenders frames and lots of gangsta look that came with the twilight players. We just let them all be and captured them.
I did not want to show drugs in the film. But the script demanded it, so I had to find a way to do it. That is where Danny Boyle came in handy.
Instead of showing the drugs , we just show Dev going for it and then the camera starts tripping very well aided by Amit Trivedi’s music. Dev.D is two short stories and a novella. A journey, infact three journeys of three characters and how they crisscross each other. It is about the times we live in of fast food, fast cars, fast cash, where love is confused with lust and viceversa. Where one doesn’t know what they want, drifting is the name of the game and people are living from one high to another and everyone is looking for the next fix.


118 Responses to “Dev.D- The Look and the style”

  1. Shekhar Shimpi on January 2nd, 2009 9:02 pm
    I’m curious about things like,color and Tints
    Did you prepared Pre.Visualization technique;Concept Art before shooting the scenes,
    Color treatment and all.
    Because some of the scenes in trailer looks fantastic color wise,
    And you are keeping that thing through out your website, posters and Dev D logo.
  2. Tejas on January 2nd, 2009 9:05 pm
    Same question but bit rephrased - is the toxic pink/red dominant in some of the scenes?
  3. Anurag Kashyap on January 2nd, 2009 9:12 pm
    There was a design to the interiors of Chanda, like the one you see in that shot where chanda crosses her legs. All done by Sukant panigrahy and helen jones.. Rest of the design preexists, we did not alter a thing, we just found those places.. no colour filters were used on camera, yes Rajiv did use them liberally in interiors on lights at chanda’s and delhi interior night chunks.
  4. Anurag Kashyap on January 2nd, 2009 9:13 pm
    pink is chanda’s interiors and red in dev’s house in punjab..
  5. Shekhar Shimpi on January 2nd, 2009 9:18 pm
    Anurag; Thanks for the Information .
  6. ATUL SINGH on January 2nd, 2009 9:20 pm
    sir,who has written the screenplay of dev.d
  7. Anurag Kashyap on January 2nd, 2009 9:24 pm
    Have updated that bit in the post too..
  8. Tejas on January 2nd, 2009 10:01 pm
    Hmm..must say, that white wig, and Chanda’s get up give her a very bizarre, at times scary look. She intrigues me in one moment, and leaves a shrill through my spine in the next. It wouldn’t be far from the mark to assume that she has a stronger role of the two, would it!!
    And I just noticed now that the instrumental pieces in the OST are Dev Chanda themes!! I somehow inside my mind kept thinking that they were happier tunes of Dev and Paro’s beginning of love!!
  9. Wannabefimmaker on January 2nd, 2009 10:03 pm
    Anurag Ji,
    Did you have any trouble with post production with the SI-2K camera? Did you use a regular 35 MM camera for the non-trippy shots? Was it difficult to get the same look and feel from these two different cameras?
    If this is too much, how about a detailed post by your technical team? Thanks & Regards.
  10. Anurag Kashyap on January 2nd, 2009 10:34 pm
    vikram motwane and me
  11. Anurag Kashyap on January 2nd, 2009 10:37 pm
    tejas hmmmmmmm you are seeing a lot.. not good
  12. Dilip on January 2nd, 2009 10:38 pm
    Hey..anurag jus want to let u know no smoking was gr8..i loved it.
    Talking about the look and style of this film it simply amazing. I remember watching the trailer of this film a month back and I did not know initially that this movie was your take on DevDas and my first impressions were of the movie “Requiem For a Dream”. Later when i googled on this project of urs i was simply awestruck coz i myself never imagined if devdas were to be in this age where would he fit in. Awesome idea I hope it works and I really want it to.
    Also had a curiousity to know that if you had seen “Requiem For a Dream” and did it help you in Dev D in any way…….I know the plots are very much different Dev D is a romantic tale and RFAD a movie on self destruction through drug abuse and much more but did it influence the portrayal of drug abuse in Dev D. I know it mayb all hypothetical coz I just thought of it all by seeing the trailer of this film.
  13. Anurag Kashyap on January 2nd, 2009 10:39 pm
    we did not use SI-2k, we used nikon DS3.. btw there is Q labs that provides postproduction facility on SI-2K and they also have the camera.
  14. trippy on January 2nd, 2009 10:43 pm
    so..are there any really trippy scenes ??
  15. trippy on January 2nd, 2009 10:44 pm
    and where did u find chanda?? she looks like some foreigner…
  16. Tejas on January 2nd, 2009 10:46 pm
    Lol…well, I will shut up now! :) But since the very first time I saw the trailer, the visuals have been evoking a film by another highly respected director in my mind. Will talk about that later after the movie is released, though. :)
  17. Anurag Kashyap on January 2nd, 2009 11:00 pm
    Dilip i have seen requim for a dream, have even read the book and loads of others on abuse and self destruction.. right from Junky to less than zero, a million little pieces, last exit to brooklyn etc. Hubert selby jr. who wrote RFAD also wrote Last exit which was made into a film, the cult of my times..
    No requim has nothing to do with Dev.D, except the body rig shots which i have been trying to figure out ever since i saw Mean streets, first time Harvey Kietel walks in to the bar, that shot stayed with me.. The still camera technique i had used earlier in Paanch title sequence.. it was taken further this time because of the available equipment.
  18. ATUL SINGH on January 2nd, 2009 11:01 pm
    sir i have made a movie called “kash” dedicated to your no smoking and would like u to have a look on it.
  19. Anurag Kashyap on January 2nd, 2009 11:02 pm
    There are trippy scenes trippy..
    and chanda is played by kalki koechlin.. she is born to french hippy parents who came to india in the sixties. She was born in pondicherry and grew up in india, education in Ooty at hebron.. Tamil is her first language.. she speaks tamil, french , hindi and english.
  20. Anurag Kashyap on January 2nd, 2009 11:03 pm
    sure atul
  21. trippy on January 2nd, 2009 11:07 pm
    i always had this doubt..about colours…
    how do u use colors?? like when do u use blue red etc?? in black friday everything had a reddish orange tinge to it..i can understand…but people generally realte lust or sex scenes with fire..or jiya jale ..then also it is red and orange yellow…but for these scenes as in no smoking and other movies people use blue ..
    i simply loved mani ratnam’s way of using color in “bombay” … he uses greentinges of blue when the loving is blossimg and reds and oranges like you by the end of the movie… bu the same person mystified me in “yuva” .. he used blue for siddarth’s role green for surya’s and red for madhavan … red for madhavan is understandable..but green and blue?? blue is it to say..siddarth’s character takes life very simply cooly so blue? then green?? is he trying to get indian flag colors??
    or do u use colors “he is green with envy” envy and jealousy is green like the onida day which used to come few years back..but jealousy and family rivalry should go with red i presume…
    like “he is all blue today” he is sad so blue in kieslowski’s blue she is lonely and all she is actually ‘blue’ (sad) blue???
    i saw 2 tarkovsky’s movies recently solaris and stalker.. stalker he seemed to ahve alternated for inside the zone and outside zone … but the color shots i felt have more to do with the story..for instance the arguments debates about life…and showing how life actually is he used color and for transcedence he used if to say transcedence is not clear to us but it is there as a hope…in solaris he did a very good thing i feel using lots a white…white i feel is very christian spiritualty…
    and coming to dev d… what is the difference betwen pink and red or any other color used??
    and if u can kindly explain colors in “eyes wide shut” …
  22. ATUL SINGH on January 2nd, 2009 11:16 pm
    sir i will talk straight i am in my last year of chemical engg.,already placed in two big companies (sir not boasting)but i am really interested in working with u and i am sure what i want to do in future that is-film direction pls guide me to ur office
  23. deven on January 2nd, 2009 11:16 pm
    Is the film in sync sound or is it dubbed?
  24. sags on January 2nd, 2009 11:37 pm
    for some reason ‘ leaving las vegas ‘ comes to my mind.
  25. smriti on January 3rd, 2009 12:58 am
    the north indians are waiting for the ‘bizarro’ [ (c)-seinfeld/DC comics] yashraj film. i am hoping, it’ll go beyond.
  26. Abhay K on January 3rd, 2009 1:38 am
    @Anurag:(i’m assuming you don;t liked to be called sir….don’t know why i made that assumption:)
    the trippy shots (nikon ones i think) seem to be shot at about 10 fps….nice……there seems to be quite a bit of underexposure too though not quite sure…
    the body rig seems a lil cliche doesn’t it….every drug movie and its grandmother has started using it for the stoned look…..
    i like the scene from Mean Streets when Harvey Kietel is dancing with the strippers, apparently scorsese put HIM on the dolly….
    have you seen the king of comedy….what did you think of the visual style…all master-shots. not much fluidity with the camera…do you think you’d do that someday?
  27. Abhay K on January 3rd, 2009 1:49 am
    *the shot where he gets up to dance with the stripper i meant…
  28. triplesix on January 3rd, 2009 2:10 am
    Mr. Kashyap, all these stuff that you are writing about Dev.D, the experiences, shoot, location,music and so many other things…moreover, the overall technical aspect of filmmaking especially the part where you wrote about Mr. Boyle suggesting you this camera that did the tricks in your film…It’s really nice of you to share all this here..Particularly for me, even though I’ve worked with u, but there were opportunities that I missed during Dev D’s shoot;reading these posts have truly helped me to understand more about your style of filmmaking…
    Thank You
  29. skywalker on January 3rd, 2009 3:46 am
    HI Aunrag sir! i have been reading all your posts for quite a sometime now and esp im keeping a track on Dev D. lots of things have been said about ur no smoking and blackfriday. i really liked the later one but wont deny the fact that i completely understood the former one with my own interpretation ,but its just that i was wondering whether you exaggerated the execution little to high, keeping the indian audiences in mind.
    and like everyone els even im eagerly waiting for DevD to release not because its been talked about lot here on PFC but genuienly i think the traliers looks very interesting and ‘experimental’ too. and as Atul asked you about the use of colors , im very much interested to know about the whole use of them, which i have seen in most of films by some great directors. can the use of color be varied according to the situation. can the “blue’ color be used for something other then sadness?can the stereotype be changed when it comes to the use color.
    thank you
  30. skywalker on January 3rd, 2009 3:48 am
    sorry it’s “trippy” and not atul who has asked you about the use and interpretations of colors *
  31. Phoenixnu on January 3rd, 2009 3:53 am
    It is about the times we live in of fast food, fast cars,fast cash,where love is confused with lust and viceversa….and thats why its so important bcz if art doesnt document our life n times n cinema doesnt tell our stories,whats d point!!
  32. Mindripper on January 3rd, 2009 5:07 am
    Hi Sir
    I have watched some rushes of your film and i found them loud, upfront and demeaning to the very essence of social value of a human being. May be i m making a premature comment upon your yet-to-be-released film. I m making now , coz i felt like. nothing personal. I wil write one after watching the whole film, which seems interesting.
    All i want to ask you is when are you going to make film for children?
  33. jatin on January 3rd, 2009 5:30 am
    for children he made “hanuman returns”
  34. Honhaar Goonda on January 3rd, 2009 5:39 am
    Hanuman Returns - have ya heard of the film, Mindripper?
  35. AZAD on January 3rd, 2009 7:14 am
    @Mindripper -
    You made me laugh till I cried. Do you seriously believe in those that you have written . I mean the social value and all those shit. Did you mean it????
  36. sudhanshu shekhar on January 3rd, 2009 7:20 am
    Wow, Anurag Kashyap will read my words. The guy who coined the term ‘emosssional atyachar’. Heh.
    Anyways I was already a cult follower of ‘No Smoking’ is there exists one that is, and I just saw you were the one who wrote ‘Yuva’. Hats off!
    Always wanted to ask the writer of Yuva this question- Had you seen ‘Amores Perros’ before writing ‘Yuva’?
  37. atul on January 3rd, 2009 7:35 am
    though paresh rawal did a fine job while playing baba bengali in ns but pankaj kapoor could have been a better choice
  38. ahmad raza on January 3rd, 2009 9:04 am
    “….loud, upfront and demeaning to the very essence of social value of a human being”-what the fuck do you mean by that??and who the hell are you to tell whom to make what??”social value of a human being”….my foot!!stop bullshitting!!
    u call urself “mindripper”,u should call urself mindless rotten idiot!!
  39. ashwin on January 3rd, 2009 9:47 am
    ……this is gonna be one helluva movie…..
    and emotional atyaachar is already a part of our conversations…..
    hmm by the way……u mentioned dharamsala….does it go to Mcleodgunj as well..?
  40. OM on January 3rd, 2009 11:12 am
    Cool..AK…if i am not have used body rig cameras in NS too right? When John is coming out of prayogshala..but guess that was just one of those we see a lot..and looks great..
  41. vineet on January 3rd, 2009 4:37 pm
    Dear Anurag,
    Just watched d trailer of your Dev D…guess it came out just now here in US..anyways 1st emotion that i felt was of relief!!! that finally after long time you will be able to silence your critiques and this time not by ballyhooing but by his art. I am not a fan of yours frankly telling, but I know for sure that you are a great talent. So wish you luck this time that it clicks because its over due now.
    Second thing i felt was that this could well be ‘role of a lifetime’ for Abhay Deol…..if he pulls it off nicely….man!!!he will be up there for sure….I sincerely hope he does.
    Third and last thing…..the trailer made me feel somehow that it won’t turn out to be a No Smoking!!!I sincerely wish it doesn’t….coz to me it looked like Trainspotting in a Devdas story….Is it so??? Reading this post of yours….atleast trainspotting helped you in Dev D…so that answers a lot.
    Anyways really wish u heartfelt wishes n luck this time man….May you get what you truly deserve.
  42. Anurag Kashyap on January 3rd, 2009 5:00 pm
    Mindripper wait for the film.. for kids i made a movie, this one is for grown up kids..
    Sudhanshu- i saw amores perros one year before i worked on Yuva
    Om- yes it was used in NS and here too what you see in the trailer is all.. Any shot is effective when used because there is an impact and goes with the mood
    vineet- abhay is fantastic in the film
    Atul- Pankaj was the first choice, he turned down the film, he did not agree with the philosophy of the movie.
  43. Anurag Kashyap on January 3rd, 2009 5:03 pm
    666- who are you?
    Skywalker- how one uses colours depends on the individual.. mine i can talk about only after the release.
    Sags to me was always leaving las vegas..
  44. Yasir Ansari on January 3rd, 2009 5:48 pm
    Anurag, I am a film student from New York and a great fan of your movies… I have 2 question for you??
    1) Where can I watch ‘Paanch’?? Is it available on DVD or Online?? I have been trying to watch it for quite some time now?
    2) How can one apply to be an Assistant Director with you?? Is there any way to send you resume?
    PS. Check out my 20 min documentary if you have time
  45. Freeman Dyson on January 3rd, 2009 7:47 pm
    Hi Anurag,
    If u r reading this…it is my 1st sucessful attempt to post a comment…i really hope i m able to do it, coz i remember around 20th of dec’08 i wrote this complete Mahabharath about me , my admiration for u n the fact u r def. my fav. Indian Filmmaker….to add the emoticons at the end i clicked on “ref smileys”n there it went all wrong…my screen hung n i felt prob wht u wud hv felt wen the stupid censor guys stalled the release of Paanch… big article was my first attempt to write about wht i felt about cinema, for which i m so passionate about n here ….. it was lost in oblivion……All this started as i was looking for info about Paanch n thus i came to know about PFC…..On youtube while i was searching for ur videos i saw Smriti’s youtube a/c…. n later on the lady accepted my friend request…. i guess she is someone u know, so i requested her to tell u wht i wanted to say in the article….
    Anyway, first n foremost i wud like to tell u that i must hv watched Black friday a good 50-60 times n it is one movie which i can watch anyday, anytime…..few of my fav. scenes r… Imtiaz Ghavathe’s chase n the background score playin…”amitabh’s dialogue in the background ..awesome stuff.Another thing i loved was the way the guy playing Asgar Maukadam, acted…i dont think he had a theatre or a popular hndi cinema background …but he was incredible.
    I personally know Rahul Ram quite well, so i disscussed with the Indian Ocean guys hw they came up with the music for the film etc….
    Anurag i really wanna thank u for recommending 13 Tzametti…it blew my mind too….!!!Lookin fwd for Dev.D.After seeing the trailer, it looks to me as if a movie on my life is being made…..n if this movie is actually about outcasts as u say…i think im rgt that its my story….only diff is that i m not Devender Singh Dhillon but Kr. Bhuvan Vikram Pratap Singh Chauhan n i m not a son of a punjabi landlord but an Army Officer’s son frm Rajasthan.Hope Abhay does justice to my character..:)
    Anyway i dont think this will b published as rather than a comment this turned out to b like a private letter for Anurag…. Pls PFC guys , i sincerely request u to just fwd it to Anurag.
    Sorry for taking so much time.
    Cheers n Hopin this yr gives better films to our Cinema n better times to our country…
    Freeman Dyson
  46. Ashish Shukla on January 3rd, 2009 8:45 pm
  47. Gajendra S Shrotriya on January 3rd, 2009 10:53 pm
    AK… I always love to get to read the film maker’s mind. Can’t help it being an aspiring film maker myelf… really long to work with you some day…
  48. Ajay Kumar Saxena on January 3rd, 2009 11:06 pm
    With each behind the scene story and process of evolution of DEV.D the curiousity is soaring high and high !!!
    With durgs and ciggeretted in Dev.D i guess there is definitely some scope for Mr Ramadoss to do the publicity!!!
    And yes, I always wonder,how does a Dircctor visualizes the colour scheme for a movie!!
    @Ashish : Bring it ON!!!
  49. Debarun Sarkar on January 4th, 2009 12:10 am
    Has the film got an ‘A’ certification in India, which I think is very likely and very bad…
    but anyways what rating has it got?
  50. harsh sood on January 4th, 2009 12:37 am
    hi anurag
    just watched full ea song on 9x
    good video
    paro dance very good
    and there was a girl who stop abhay when he was going towards paro but he fall who was she
  51. mitesh bhanushali on January 4th, 2009 1:05 am
    Anurag sir. aapko yaad hai jab aap no smoking ki shooting mulund maine ker rahe the. kalidas ground maine. taking shots of “k”s brother. before shoots, aap aapki van maine se nikle aur chalne lage agar aapko yaad ho toh tab aapko ek ladka mila tha joh achanak aapke saamne aaya aur aapse pucha ki Are u Anurag Kashyap? aur aapne haath milate hue kaha Yes. woh ladka maine hi hu. uss din ke baad jaise mere vichare hi badal gaye shayad maine words maine express nahi ker saketa but really want to tell u something You are “The Best” and always be. agar aapko yeh baat yad ho toh plz reply kerna.
  52. mitesh bhanushali on January 4th, 2009 1:07 am
    aur ha ek baat kehna toh bhul hi gaya. uss din mujhe bahot afsos hua ki aap mujhe mile aur maine aapka ek bhi photo nahi liya aur woh afsos aajtak mere saath hai. lekin koi baat nahi next time jab milenge te movies discuss karenge.lolz. aur iska mujhe intezaar rahega.
  53. Vishesh Mankal on January 4th, 2009 2:03 am
    I remember being on the set for two nights when the film was being shot in Noida at Marwah Studios. I was studying there when it happened, so my friend, who was working as a crew member, invited me over. I remember the lighting being mighty impressive as well as the set design. And after seeing the trailers, the look of the film appears to be exceptional all around as well.
  54. anurag kashyap on January 4th, 2009 10:33 am
    Mitesh yes i remember
    Vishesh- that was the pardesi song where we used the nikon
    harsh, if you remember devdas , that’s the sister of the man Paro gets married to.. The actress that plays the role is Parakh Madan
    Debarun- The film is yet to go for censors and we are looking at an A certificate.
  55. triplesix on January 4th, 2009 8:52 pm
    arey…itni jaldi bhool gayee….anjalika..u even went through my blog before hiring me..i bet you’ve forgotten me completely… :)
  56. Mindripper on January 4th, 2009 9:29 pm
    Yeah I know for children he made hanuman returns but see the point i was trying to make was that children film doesn’t end with animation. Anyways AK will venture inlto this genre as well.
    Azad and Ahmad Raza : It’s good you follow AK but my friend while following don’t forget your individuality cause at the end what matters is you.
  57. Nikhil on January 4th, 2009 9:34 pm
    Hi Anurag
    I have been following your films since 1998. I have seen all of your films except Paanch. Pls. Get it released or tell me where can i watch it?????
  58. david jairaj on January 4th, 2009 10:43 pm
    hey anurag,
    am totally triping on dev d trailors and music. can’t stop talking about it to people. every goddamn smoke break, i’m loading folks with new info on the movie :-) have never been so excited about a indian movie before its release. thanks man!
    are paanch and gulaal also releasing this year?
  59. Anurag Kashyap on January 4th, 2009 11:14 pm
    Hey 666.. sorry don’t remember you as 666 anymore.. just did not occur.. apologies.
  60. Indraneel on January 5th, 2009 12:09 am
    Pahargunj should be awesome..but Delhi has this smog early in the morning..without lights, how could y’ll do justice..must have wishful thinking…
  61. triplesix on January 5th, 2009 12:10 am
    it’s fine,i don’t blame u….i am slowly vanishing out of your memory…
  62. Ranjith Sankar on January 5th, 2009 12:51 am
    All the best Anurag.This one looks and sounds good.
  63. 32 on January 5th, 2009 2:42 am
    Tu hi hai yaar Anurag! bas tu hi hai!! :D All the best for Dev.D
  64. Mitesh Bhanushali on January 5th, 2009 6:44 am
    Thank you Anurag Sir. mujhe yaad rakh ne ke liye thank u very much. yeh baat maine kbhi nahi bhulunga. I can’t wait to see Dev D. pata nahi release tak kaise khudko rok paaunga.
  65. Ajay Singh on January 5th, 2009 8:34 am
    Anurag, the poster of Dev D (with XL size red lips!) reminded me of the Discrete Charm of the Burgeoisie poster. Was it some sort of a deliberate reference or sheer coincidence?
    Anyways, it gives the film a pretty unique attitude. The promos are exciting.
    Count me in for the First Day First Show.
    Lots of luck.
  66. G.K.Desai on January 5th, 2009 10:26 am
    @Ajay Singh
    That was a good memory recall !!!
  67. flyingelephant on January 6th, 2009 2:11 am
    I wonder what would Shri Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay would like to say, about the transformation of his Devdas and the detailing. Incidentally Devdas would complete 100 years on 2017.
    But surely one classic timeless tale for sure to experiment with by the creative minds.
    “Israeli street” added to knowledge :D
  68. Ankit on January 6th, 2009 3:29 am
    I had posted the same on your previous blog as well. Thought you may not be checking that one anymore.
    Hi, Anurag. Today, there are only a few film-makers who have got a unique, creative and intellectual style of filmmaking, you and Dibakar Banerjee being the recognized ones. But at the same time, there are some unrecognized ones as well. I want to talk about Tigmanshu Dhulia. He has made Haasil. I personally liked the movie very very much. I have seen the movie 5-10 times, just like I have seen No Smoking and Oye Lucky! a lot of times. I wanted to know your reviews of the movie in case you’ve seen it. If not, I’d strongly recommend this movie to you.
  69. nikhil J on January 6th, 2009 3:38 am
    I might b a litle late to post a comment ovr here but i jst came across this blog… by the way i jst cant wait to c Dev D but Anurag dont u think u’ve become one of the major art house filmmakers of bollywood, so that u should try n make sme subjects whch have never been touched before like No smokin and black friday… those were 2 fantastic movies n no smokin was in true sence out of the box type may b a tribute to david lynch… i loved the way it was shot n also saw that Snorri cam technique used well n which i can c in Dev D’s promos… i’m looking forward ro watchin dev D but i hope that u make smethin really different n twisted next time…
    thank you
  70. Freeman Dyson on January 6th, 2009 6:10 am
    @ Ak,
    So when r u planning to release Dev.D…….waiting with baited breath….
    Thanks to PFC guys i never thought my comment will b published…
    Freeman Dyson
  71. saurabh verma on January 6th, 2009 8:37 am
    Hi Anurag,
    I am huge fan of all the people, including you who make some realistic movies, thanks to you, indian cinema is finally arriving.
    How can I become a part of your crew? Seriously, there must be a way , tell me , I will work on that.
  72. kalki on January 6th, 2009 1:44 pm
    hi anurag,
    how many days of shooting for dev.d
  73. G.K.Desai on January 6th, 2009 9:09 pm
  74. Sid on January 7th, 2009 12:58 am
    A few suggestions [ if u dont mind ]
    Teasers of E.A , Duniya , Nayan Tarse are all over MTV n other channels . Dev D may b positioned as a Drug\Alcohol movi.This may backfire ..Its high time that u released full fledged videos of Dhol yaara Dhol or Paayaliya..Dev D is supposed to b romantic also .
    Secondly , the music has been released , but its not comin on Radio stations ..Let it b on Radio
    ..The tracks will be a Rage by the time Dev D releases .
    Let A.T. give a few jam sessions..
    Let the music b the USP..its awesome..Just hit it in the right way..
    PS - Just a thought AK ,All the best for Dev D ..
  75. triplesix on January 7th, 2009 1:45 am
    i don’t think you know this, but the radio guys are playing emotional attyachar..atleast it is playing in delhi.
  76. Sid on January 7th, 2009 2:07 am
    Yaar,its not happening in Mumbai…if they are playing ,then not much of it …
  77. Amit K on January 7th, 2009 9:57 am
    Hey Anurag,soundtrack of DEV D is mind blowing.I was a bit apprehensive at first but when i started listening,it completely knocked me off.Great music.It seems like Amit Trivedi has put his life into this soundtrack.Rock,folk,ballad,jazz.Every genre has been included.You got lot of criticism for NO SMOKING.When i was reading the reviews i was like Anurag is one was of the finest directors we ve in Indian cinema n he is getting criticism of this kind.Keep on making movies like that.I m not exaggerating but i m more excited for watcinhg DEV D then anyone else.Keep on rocking man.!
  78. Sachin Vinod Modi on January 8th, 2009 12:32 am
    The first time when i saw the poster of DD (Dev-D) where two faces are getting into each other and both are transparent, I was watching it for almost 20 minutes, just to figure out what exatly are you trying to say.. well I am a great fan of ur films and writings of few films.
    I would like to know what tat poster exactly speaks ?? What is a significance of using the song such as emosional atyaachar ?? Is it a part of the film or it is jst for promotion whatevr it mite b bt the song is jst amazing…. and simply creative … before ths I cud nvr imagin a rock band with this song …
    Why Abhay deol for Dev ?? his looks influence you ?? or you had any other choice for that role ? When I saw the trailor it seems like few shots are inspired by requim for a dream , and as I read in your blog u said its diffrent stories happng at diffrent places and eventually it crosses each others path and thats how their life intersects.. so I wud like to know is it something inspired from mores perros ??
    I am simply impressed by the looks of the film… I am happy that there r few directors in India that can give an international look to our films and we can atlist say that this is Indian Cinema and not a bollywood film.
    Thanks a lot Sir for your contribution to our Cinema.
    The first time when I saw the looks of the film, I simply said in my mind this is the kind of film I would make one day…
    Best of luk with this film.. and I am pretty sure this will definetly work I am doing my best to promote your film.. cos I m a vry great fan of ur Cinema…
    Tcr God bless u
    Sachin Vinod Modi
  79. Sivakumar T on January 8th, 2009 4:11 am
    Who is this Amit Trivedi??
    I am just blown over the music… It is AWESOME to the core…
  80. Sivakumar T on January 8th, 2009 4:13 am
    I meant - blown over by the music… :-)
  81. mac mohan on January 8th, 2009 3:15 pm
    anurag - u r the best underground film-maker
    more than u , dev d shd work for abhay deol :)
    God bless you anurag
    can feel all the pain uve gone thru
    underground cinema rocks!
  82. Ajay kumar saxena on January 8th, 2009 11:17 pm
    jus watched the full version of emotional atyaachar on channel V , quite amazing, i guess its the marriage ceremony of Paro and Dev is rekindling his emotoins by drininkg Smirnoff and then proceeds to the venue ,only to fall before saying anything…cool
    waiting for the release!
  83. akriti singh on January 9th, 2009 6:53 am
    Hi sir catching the trailors of DevD again and agian on TV and i was really waiting for the film to be released but now i am really scared to go and watch the movie…. It seems like it will bare all truths about the love we all are so used to believing in, probably because of our Sweet and Sugary hindi cinema and being a total believer in love happily watching movies like Serendiptiy, Love Actually etc….. i am really scared to watch Dev D…. The heart break in love which is so glorified in Dev Das it seems in this Dev D. you intend to show the reality without glorification and that is scary…… btw already loving the song Emotional Atyachar….. I will surely catch up with the movie probably first day itself and see if my fears come true or i still hold on to the romantic concepts of love and heart break.I am really liking the look even loved the graphics on the music CD.
  84. lastnamepain on January 12th, 2009 11:32 am
    Hey Mr. Anurag Kashyap,
    My friends and I have been losing it over the Dev D trailor. These days,any talk about movies invariably veers down to how badly we want watch this film.
    It should be interesting to see Devdas in the present scenario of fledgeling notions of identity and love. In a generic sense, the young generation(and I confess I belong to this generation, though there are days when I have solid reasons to believe I’m almost a fossil in front of some of them) may be truculent in their defence of knowing their minds and being in touch with the times. But there is this deep-seated lack of belief somewhere, a certain vulnerability among them, which is quite a sight.A very appealing one at that.
    The cinematography, from the little I’ve seen, throws you, momentarily, into a moody world that you want to know more about.
    And that song- Emotional Athyachar- that’s just something special!
  85. Alone on January 12th, 2009 3:56 pm
    Shame on the producer of Dev D.. I dont think this movie needs cheap publicity..
    What was the need to say that chandramukhi’s char relates to the DPS scandal when earlier you guys had denied it..The problem is not in the character of chandramukhi the way it is in DEV D..
    The problem is in the statement that its inspired by DPS victim..
    One woman’s pain is being utilized to promote your movie..Just coz you know that the girl is not going to come out in open and file a case against you..
  86. Amrita on January 13th, 2009 2:56 pm
    Hi Anurag! Love your work, posts and the new ‘emotional atyachar’ stuff.
  87. Himanshu tell u on January 14th, 2009 2:28 am
    Hiii…Anurag you are interacting with us…that cool….
    I have never waited for a movie as much as for Dev.D.Im a big fan of requiem for a dream and i cant tell u how delighted i was to see that body rigged shot in an Indian movie. I just hope there is a lot of substance with so much style.
  88. Golani on January 14th, 2009 10:56 pm
    I would love to hear your answer on comment 71.
  89. JItendra on January 15th, 2009 12:01 am
    I have one question for Anurag kashyap. I heard you saying in some TV that “Devdas” is the most “vaahiyaat” novel of modern India. Then why are you making a film based on that ?
  90. bokojoo on January 15th, 2009 11:05 am
    sir, an offbeat question?
    having understood the true essence of human nature
    do you also plan to make a horror movie in the near future?(i mean a real bhootia movie)
  91. bokojoo on January 15th, 2009 11:08 am
    yes, comment number 88 absolutly agree with you
  92. purnima on January 15th, 2009 7:01 pm
    This is funny, sp when you think of anurag’s earlier brushes with indian ‘censors’
  93. anurag Kashyap on January 15th, 2009 8:22 pm
    71, 88, 91.. apply when we are doing a new project.. which won’t be before may. Teams are decided by the associate director. Whoever he or she shall be then.
  94. anurag Kashyap on January 15th, 2009 8:23 pm
    Jitendra.. however much i think it’s bad it still applies to us indians.. Devdas has become an adjective
  95. anurag Kashyap on January 15th, 2009 8:24 pm
    bokojoo.. I am producing a horror movie.. don’t know if i know how to make one.. it will all depend on the script if and when it comes along.
  96. anurag Kashyap on January 15th, 2009 8:26 pm
    Alone.. apologies if you feel that way.. why don’t you see the movie before judging anyone..
  97. anurag Kashyap on January 15th, 2009 8:27 pm
    thanks for appreciating the music and the effort guys.. Amit trivedi will be soon here..
  98. anurag Kashyap on January 15th, 2009 8:30 pm
    Sachin.there was no other choice but abhay deol.. This film is inspired from nothing but devdas.. if few shots that remind you of requiem then all i can say is if you use a snorricam on the front , the shots will look exactly the same, and it is used selectively in the film to create a desired impact.
  99. anurag Kashyap on January 15th, 2009 8:32 pm
    Ankit i loved Haasil.. one of my favourite movies and Tishu is one of my favourite directors
  100. Karan on January 16th, 2009 12:58 am
    hi anurag sir,
    First of al i want to congratulate u for DEV D…bcause i knw this film will do miracles….
    I just wanna ask u how much u r dependent on ur DOP mr. rajiv ravi on sets in terms of technicality…since one of my friend who is assisting u in NO SMOKING told me that u r really amazing in technical deapartment also….U exactly knw which lens focal length will giv u what effect….
  101. triplesix on January 16th, 2009 3:14 am
    sir, waiting for your next post….I’m looking forward to reading more about your personal experience on the making of Dev D..and hopefully, Gulaal too…
    plez…plez..plez…reading your posts is like getting an outer sketch of cinema from a personal point of view and not textual which is very boring and less intriguing. i wanted to ask you more about cinema from your point of view, but i don’t want to harbor this space with questions that matter to me..i know I’m being selfish..but if it’s my thing, it’d rather be that way…can i just mail you, but i’m not too sure if u check them and don’t worry,those mails will have no senti shit…lol
  102. anurag Kashyap on January 16th, 2009 5:09 am
    karan.. i depend a lot on Rajiv Ravi.. however much i know, i can’t do without him. I suggest and sometimes he also rejects..
    666.. soon
  103. triplesix on January 16th, 2009 5:47 am
  104. Shekhar Shimpi on January 16th, 2009 10:23 am
    In Vasan’s Dev D diary, Vasan mention that you take ‘Single Shots’ successfully,
    So I want to know that, do you prepare storyboards for that matter.
    If yes, how do you go about it,
    because you can’t do story board for entire Movie; right?
    And please show us some boards if you have any, (apart from Animated film, because there is no such a thing like Single shots))
  105. QUEEN on January 16th, 2009 1:45 pm
    ***DISCLAIMER - It’s quiet long
    It’s been a week since I have surfed through PFC so keenly following every comment and every blog on Dev.D & Oye lucky, lucky oye. Apart from the comments of other’s , I get to see Anurag replying personally to everyone & trust me that makes you (AK) more adorable and approachable!
    Well, I heard, watched (trailers) & read a lot about Dev.D (All posts) and thought of restraining myself from commenting till I saw the movie but just couldn’t resist doing so….
    I was travelling back from work tonight and there were these two guys sitting with me in the office cab -In house music critic ( or the guy who covers the music beat) the other guy self acclaimed sports correspondent meet each other and start discussing music. Sports guy tells the music guy that ‘Jugni’ from OLLO is awesome & the music guy started off with his review, but it was good gyan…after this, the conversation prolonged on music but this time it was about how Guns n roses are not doing well and how Bryan adams, Bon Jovi go unoticeable despite efforts…..blah blah blah and then back to Bollywood music….
    In the span of 5 mins the sports guy says I loved the Songs from ‘Paanch’, and also that Bande from ‘Black Friday’ and this time the so called music guy (critic?) was all in favour (I say so coz it seemed he was least interested in bollywood music ) and ended saying even the movies were so good.
    By this time everything clicked in my mind was about Dev.D ( and AK as well) & thought of asking him about Dev.D’s Music but couldn’t. :-(
    The sports guy then ended saying these days these offbeat movies are making better movies with not just good stories but good music as well…
    This week the music guy has reviewed Slumdog millionaire or so but I will surely ask him about Dev.D esp. Emossanal attyachar….:-)
    I guess am done with my long comment.
  106. QUEEN on January 16th, 2009 1:59 pm
    As Anurag said Amit Trivedi is soon to join PFC, I would like to tell him that Loved his work in Aamir & Dev.D looking forward for more such music. :-)
    And Anurag where is the Dev.D himself? (lost in the post modern complexities!!! Lolz jst joking! )Jst saw his one post on OLLO. Would be pleased to read experience (like ur AD wrote ‘My Dev.D Diary’)
  107. QUEEN on January 16th, 2009 2:00 pm
    As Anurag said Amit Trivedi is soon to join PFC, I would like to tell him that Loved his work in Aamir & Dev.D looking forward for more such music. :-)
    And Anurag where is the Dev.D himself? (lost in the post modern complexities!!! Lolz jst joking! )Jst saw his one post on OLLO. Would be pleased to read his experiences (like ur AD wrote ‘My Dev.D Diary’)
  108. Alone on January 16th, 2009 2:55 pm
    Iam not judging anyone.. There was an article in bombay times where in your producer said that yea chandramukhi’s character is based on the DPS girl.. This statement has nothing to do with the movie .. .. movie mai chahe jo dikhaya ho..Tell me would we say this if we see a potential threat of getting sued by the person..or yes you can say that media misquoted him.. if yes than i apologize.
  109. Karan on January 16th, 2009 8:21 pm
    Thanx sir, but i want to knw one more thing (Possibly with an incident for an example)…What r the situations wen he rejects ur(Director’s) idea….
    Like he thinks it is not technically possible or will not help in adding any elements to the film, visually or aesthetically…
    Bcause as far as i knw MR. Rajiv Ravi through ur blogs or by his magnificent work, i think he is a very daring and all time ready to experiment with his shots….
  110. Sid on January 16th, 2009 9:24 pm
    @AK ..
    Somehow i feel that , Dev d isnt being properly promoted..not heavily …mayb budget constraints ..
    2009 will b grt for u n for us …Dev d n gulaal, pls smthing abt Paanch..
    Best wishes
  111. anurag Kashyap on January 17th, 2009 12:29 am
    Karan that’s when it is the lighting restrictions and exposure issues.. we push a lot of boundaries together, sometimes it gets a little to difficult to achieve.. otherwise he is game mostly..
    I depend on him for execution and he always does something extra to enhance it..
    Alone.. the film uses a mms scandal but does not exploit it.. we can’t lie about it not being there.. but it is a scandal.. not necessary based on some victims life..
  112. anurag Kashyap on January 17th, 2009 12:30 am
    No shekhar i don’t prepare storyboards.. because i like to explore the locations.. it all depends on the locations and most of the time they are difficult places to shoot..
  113. Shekhar Shimpi on January 17th, 2009 1:15 am
    Thanks Anurag.
  114. Nimit Kathuria on January 17th, 2009 11:00 am
    Devdas, I think, has been one of the most common stories, rather- theme in movies… with or without the knowledge of the writer/director themselves. Some of them were pointed out by AK in one of his earlier posts in PFC about the genesis of Dev.D
    One that I instantly thought of, in the category of films where the writer/director himself is, most probably not aware of using it is “Leaving Las Vegas”… at least the second part of the story about finding solace in a prostitute’s arms and instead leaving both of them destroyed in their own ways.
  115. Nimit Kathuria on January 17th, 2009 11:03 am
    hey, what time does PFC follow? I posted my comment at 12:32 on the 18th.
  116. QUEEN on January 17th, 2009 11:18 am
  117. Karan on January 18th, 2009 5:23 am
    hi sir,
    Can u tell me how u used SI-2k camera and nikon DS 3 for the trippy scenes…do u have to put body rigs on abhay or there is sum other way to get that effect….
  118. Ankit on January 20th, 2009 12:25 am
    Hi. In case you have forgotten me, I am the same Haasil-promoter guy. What I wanted to ask was that after proving his talent in Haasil, why has Tishu suddenly disappeared? Has the fact that his film was viewed and appreciated by only a small population acted as a demotivating factor? If yes, Why don’t you 2 make a movie together? His characters and your story will make your movie a blockbuster. Once you reply to this post (only if you do), I have one more question for you. :-)

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